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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen was originally a seasonal brew, however, is now brewed and enjoyed all year long.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of patobandito
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber, but the head dissipated too quickly. No lacing to speak of. Smells heavily of malt with a hint of a smokiness. Tastes similar with some sweetness, possibly toffee or caramel? Very smooth.

This beer was a very strong malty beer, easily the best Oktoberfest I have had to date.

patobandito, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark amber color with only swirls of tiny bubbles on top

S - aroma of grain and roasted malt, typical

T - roasted malt and caramel with a bit of hop finish

M/D - not a bad beer at all, easily consumed, just nothing too special about it.

mikereaser, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Risser09
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a sienna color with orange highlights. A short-lived 1/2" white head. The beer looks lively with bubbles streaming to the surface.

Smell: Sweet aromas of caramel malt, snickers, almond and nougat. Also a deep cherry aroma. Pretty complex and intriguing.

Taste: A sharp malt flavor with no hop flavor. Otherwise it is pretty pedestrian.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, with little alcohol presence. Goes down easy.

Drinkability. Alright. Not spectacular. More of a staple beer than something fantastic. Not worth seeking out.

Risser09, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of JeffV
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a friends party.

It pours a deep amber color with a thick, pillowy head that could probably support my weight if I laid down on it.

It had a beery, somewhat spicy smell with just a wisp of hops.

The taste mirrors the smell. A little bit smokier than I expected and with that somewhat sour, white grape finish you expect from an Oktoberfest beir.

It is heavy on the pallate but still enjoyable.

Easy to throw back but not a session beer...if that makes sense.

JeffV, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber brew with a tan-gold head.

Smell: Malty sweetness balances with a kiss of hops.

Taste: The malt flavors become slightly smoky upon tasting. The brew limits its sweetness and actually becomes a bit dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: This is another good Oktoberfest. It seemed to depart from what I am used to in the style because of the dryness an a pronounced, yet subtle, hop presence.

SargeC, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of baos
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into Atlas Good Luck jar.

A: Looks a bit like sweet teas with a two finger head on the get go that disappears completely . No lacing to speak of.

S: Malty almost a musty graindustiness.

T: Malty maybe a bit astringent, or some kind of funky gluten flavor. But hey a lot of really malty brews do me like this. This is a good beer. Toasted nuts and whole grains. Diacetyl notes in there too.

M: Very nice medium body with a nice full carbonation.

D: Good.

baos, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this copperish red beer into a pint glass. The foam that appeared with it presented itself nicely and then decipated to a lingerance. The aroma off the beer is one you expect with a seasonal beer like this. While the taste was of the seasonal expectation it also went back to the english stylization that paulaners are known for.

Tolnik, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap during a week in Telluride. Great amber color, small head. Toasty malt aroma with some nuts and pepper hops. Malty monster, with a crisp finish. Never had a sour one, but also never tried it out of a bottle. I'll get this again when I go back.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

September 2, 2008

Pours marzen amber, smells very malty. Weak, watery palate. Some malty caramel taste but overly very weak. Disappointing. There are some far better oktoberfest/marzens out there to taste. This unfortunately falls short -- I'd recommend Hacker-Pschorr over this Paulaner brew.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish orange copper hue body with a nice slightly off white head that had some retention.
Nose: Roasted malts, caramel, molasses, and hint of earth, kinda musty, and floral.
Taste: Roasted malt caramel molasses with a hint of earth and slightly hoppy.
Overall: This is also another good Oktoberfest. The finish is nice, making you quench for more.

colts9016, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of SShelly
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium crystal clear brown with nice red highlights, low white head with minimal retention.

Very light malt aroma, slight biscuity, no esters or hop aromas.

Very pleasant biscuity malt upfront (matching the aroma) a little bit of bitterness upfront but mostly tastes of light malt. This beer is slightly thinner than I was expecting very light bodied, I think it is taking away from what could be I nice bold flavor.

A decent marzen but nothing too special.

SShelly, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a caramel amber with several fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent thin layer of retention that sticks around, leaving some nice swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is floral and citric with some underlying notes of citrus and bread.

The taste seems to be much more hop forward than others in this style with the profile putting a biting and dry lingering bitterness over the other flavors that lingers. Some notes of caramel, citrus, and bread do eventually come out, being most prominent in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, biting, carbonation that is accentuated by the bitterness of this.

This was decent, with some good flavors but I like the hop profiles in my O-Fests to take a back seat and compliment the primary flavors instead of the other way around. Still, I liked the sharpness in the body and the drinkibility was good. There are just probably a couple of imports that I would go to first before this though.

Kegatron, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is copper-colored and clear with some active carbonation. A one-finger head of thin bubbles dissipates quickly. No retention and minimal, if any, lacing.

S: Nose is clean and crisp and smells of grain and roasted malts. Not overly complex, but inviting.

T/M: Taste is definitely malt-forward, with chewy toasted and caramel flavors coating the mouth. Some noble hop bitterness greets you on the finish, which tingles from the tight carbonation and lingers on the palate. The bitterness builds as the beer progresses, and maltiness progressively coats the mouth.

D/O: One of the better German Festbiers I've had this year, both on draft and in the bottle. I think the bready sweetness would border on cloying if I tried to drink this all day under a tent, but I'd raise a few litres of this every Fall to celebrate the season.

Phillyduke, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a september visit to Winking Lizard Tavern in Cleveland Heights. Served into Paunaler Mug.

a: amber with 1/2" thick head that has surprising good retention. Decent looking carbonation

s: malts and slight hops. Slight smell of what I think is alchohol

t: malts, carmel. Not much hops to speak of but still balanced

m&d: excellent mouthfeel, just a simple beer that delivers.

UDbeernut, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of kenito799
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pouredinto a pint glass.

Medium amber beer, average look, foamy head that recedes to a ring.

Aroma is caramel malt, and a bit stale. This beer tastes old and a bit skunked, but beyond that stale flavor I don't find much of interest. Would like to try one that is confirmed fresh. If it is nota vast improvement I will continue to avoid this brew.

kenito799, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with about an inch and half foamy head. Nice bubbles coming off the bottom of the drink. Clear as crystal. Weak retention and lacing.

Smells of spice and floral hops. Some citrus also. Nice malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste of slight spices. Good balance of malt and hops with low bitterness at the finish.

A little watery, but smooth nonetheless. A pretty good marzen, but I've had better.

Onenote81, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Smooth amber beer with a good finish. Decent, but I'd love to get a fresher try with it on tap. Light spices and biscuit flavors. Some light fruit, and a medium mouthfeel. Easygoing and well-crafted. A typical marzen; light spices and full flavored.

Douglas88, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of chaunur
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive really taking a liking to Marzen style beers and this one is no exception. Poured into a pint glass with a wonderful clear medium amber color. it had a hefty 2 in head with good lacing. Semi-sweet aroma of baked bread. A nice crisp clean tasting beer but still very flavorful. A strong malt taste with only a hint of hop to give the beer balance. I could drink this almost anytime.

chaunur, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this at the Davis Co-op when it arrived in town. Pours a nice clear brown with short, fleeting head that recedes to just a white ring around the top. Green apple and mild sweet malt odor. Some corn-like odor, reminds be oddly of MGD, which is weird. Taste is a mild, slightly sweet maltiness. Spicy hops mingle with the sweetness and create a mild apple-like flavor that lingers a long time. Alcohol becomes obvious, but complements the flavor. Medium bodied. Drinks well, and appropriate for the season.

aforbes10, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of jayfarley3
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, appearance is an amber copper color with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly. Smells faintly of sweet hops and a touch of caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with a slight bit of grain and subtle hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with very light carbonation. This is a decent brew, I could easily drink a few of these, but would much rather have something else.

jayfarley3, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one inch yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma is very grainy, like cereal and hay. I'm not getting much beyond that.

The taste is ok. Again, grainy giving me some cereal notes and almost haylike. Slightly bready as well. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Certainly sessionable, but not incredibly interesting.

Goliath, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a fluffy head and lacing. The aroma was sweet -almost cloyingly so. The beer began and finished with a big malt sweetness that is more in line with a Bock. Malt and sweet toffey dominate. The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, and the beer finished sweet. Just a small touch of alcohol could be detected.

The beer is great, but I was expecting a classic Oktoberfest taste profile. A good Okotberfest should feature a big malt foundation, but it should also be tempered by a decent dose of noble hobs to balance things out. As stated earlier, this would be a great Bock.

jpkoch1962, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a crisp clear copper hue with a one finger head that quickly turned into a lite lacing. Some nice slightly more than medium carbonation was releasing.

It had a sweet malt scent. A touch of fragrant something, probably hops was detectable as well.

It had a very clean and well balanced taste of malt and hops. It left a tasty malt aftertaste. It had a nice medium to heavy body.

It's a good drinkable Marzen. I think there is room for improvement. Yet there are some very nice qualities that need to be kept. I could sit back and drink a few of these in a sitting.

Rennpferd, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is distinctively malty with rich roast and balancing floral/fruity/earthy hop. Smells great.

Pours a butterscotch brown color, good clarity, nice head with moderate retention.

Malty, sweet, bitter, and fruity. Lots of rich malt and roasted sugar with correspondingly medium-thick-to-thick body. Floral earthy hops with a little zest and more than enough bitterness provide a nice balance. Applefruit flavors and soft grainy sweetness. Lemongrass hints. Faint alcohol hint. Finishes clean.

When I think Oktoberfest, I think Paulaner. A true classic.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear dark amber liquid topped with a dense light tan head. Head fell to 1/4 inch thick coat rather quickly, then this stuck around for a while after that.

Smells of carmel malt, and lager yeast.

Tastes od cramel malt and earthy hops, finishes a little bitter

Highly carbonated and crisp light body

I could have two or so and then I would go looking for something else.

jackorain, Oct 23, 2008
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
87 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.